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  • Industrial heritage

The Bois-du-Luc mining site was one of the main witnesses of the industrial revolution in Wallonia. This extraordinary historical heritage, wonderfully well preserved, is protected by UNESCO.

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The mine, which opened in 1685 and closed in 1973, had a particularly long life. One of its characteristics is the workers' village, right by it, where the offices, workshops and communal spaces (typical house, 19th-century classroom) can still be visited.

Bois-du-Luc offers exceptional insight into the daily life of miners and their family.

The history of Bois-du-Luc

The Société des Charbonnages de Bois-du-Luc (created in 1685) decided at the beginning of the 19th century to make use of the Saint Emmanuel pit - the oldest mine in Belgium. Men would go as deep as 558 m underground to work.

A mining village unique in Europe

A mining village was built nearby by the company to make the miners' lives easier. There, they could buy food (grocery store, butcher, mill/brewery), get treated (hospital, hospice), relax (party hall, park, music kiosk, leisure activities), get an education (schools, library) or go to church. The village was managed by the company's director.

Bois-du-Luc, one of the four authentic coal mines left in Europe, is on the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH).

A UNESCO site

Bois-du-Luc, together with The Grand-Hornu, Bois du Cazier and Blegny-Mine, were added to the UNESCO list in 2012.

An orienteering game

« Mystère au Carré » challenges visitors to find their way in the mining village: a fantastic way to learn more about the history of Bois-du-Luc while having fun.

Bike rides and stroll

Go green! There are many paths along the site to ring together culture and nature.

 

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